Grant

EIDHR Country-Based Support Scheme (CBSS) in Viet Nam: Call for Proposals 2011

Funded by EuropeAid Co-operation Office - EuropeAID
Location Viet Nam
Status
Deadline
Express interest by 12 Dec 2011

NOTICEThis is a restricted Call for Proposals. In the first instance, only Concept Notes mustbe submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, applicants whose Concept Notes have beenpre-selected will be invited to submit a Full Application Form. Further to theevaluation of the Full Applications, an eligibility check will be performed for thosewhich are provisionally selected. This check will be undertaken on the basis of thesupporting documents requested by the Contracting Authority and the signed“Declaration by the Applicant” sent together with the application.BACKGROUNDThe European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)1 was adopted by the EuropeanParliament and the Council in December 2006 under the Financial Perspectives 2007-2013. This newfinancing instrument is the successor to the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights,established upon the initiative of the European Parliament in 1994. The EIDHR-instrument underscores thehigh priority which the EU attaches to developing and consolidating democracy, the rule of law, humanrights and fundamental freedoms. For third countries, with which the EU has contractual (development aid)relations, the EIDHR establishes the mechanism of Country-Based Support Schemes (CBSS). Under theEIDHR CBSS, periodic Calls for Proposals are organised with the objective of strengthening local civilsociety to better advocate the rights of interest groups. The EIHDR CBSS focuses on assisting civil societyto develop greater cohesion in working on human rights, political pluralism and democratic politicalparticipation and representation, as well as equal participation of men and women in social, economic andpolitical life. The overarching aim is to help civil society become an effective force for positive change. InViet Nam there is indeed wide scope for specific activities in the fields of gender equality, rights of ethnicminorities, the rights of workers, the right of the child, protection of people in vulnerable situations includingthe rights of migrants and the rights of persons with disabilities. The main added value of the EIDHR CBSSis that the scheme allows the funding of civil society actors without the need for government approval orconsent.In Viet Nam, the first EIDHR CBSS Call for Proposals was launched in late 2005 and periodic Calls havebeen organised since. Under the instrument, the EU Delegation to Viet Nam has signed grant contracts for atotal amount of over €3 million. In addition to the EIDHR, the EU Delegation to Viet Nam is active in thebroader field of strengthening good governance and the rule of law. For an overview of projects funded inthe democratic governance sector as well as the EU’s Country Strategy Paper for Viet Nam, kindly visit theDelegation’s website (http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/vietnam/index_en.htm).

NOTICE
This is a restricted Call for Proposals. In the first instance, only Concept Notes must
be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, applicants whose Concept Notes have been
pre-selected will be invited to submit a Full Application Form. Further to the
evaluation of the Full Applications, an eligibility check will be performed for those
which are provisionally selected. This check will be undertaken on the basis of the
supporting documents requested by the Contracting Authority and the signed
“Declaration by the Applicant” sent together with the application.
BACKGROUND
The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)1 was adopted by the European
Parliament and the Council in December 2006 under the Financial Perspectives 2007-2013. This new
financing instrument is the successor to the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights,
established upon the initiative of the European Parliament in 1994. The EIDHR-instrument underscores the
high priority which the EU attaches to developing and consolidating democracy, the rule of law, human
rights and fundamental freedoms. For third countries, with which the EU has contractual (development aid)
relations, the EIDHR establishes the mechanism of Country-Based Support Schemes (CBSS). Under the
EIDHR CBSS, periodic Calls for Proposals are organised with the objective of strengthening local civil
society to better advocate the rights of interest groups. The EIHDR CBSS focuses on assisting civil society
to develop greater cohesion in working on human rights, political pluralism and democratic political
participation and representation, as well as equal participation of men and women in social, economic and
political life. The overarching aim is to help civil society become an effective force for positive change. In
Viet Nam there is indeed wide scope for specific activities in the fields of gender equality, rights of ethnic
minorities, the rights of workers, the right of the child, protection of people in vulnerable situations including
the rights of migrants and the rights of persons with disabilities. The main added value of the EIDHR CBSS
is that the scheme allows the funding of civil society actors without the need for government approval or
consent.
In Viet Nam, the first EIDHR CBSS Call for Proposals was launched in late 2005 and periodic Calls have
been organised since. Under the instrument, the EU Delegation to Viet Nam has signed grant contracts for a
total amount of over €3 million. In addition to the EIDHR, the EU Delegation to Viet Nam is active in the
broader field of strengthening good governance and the rule of law. For an overview of projects funded in
the democratic governance sector as well as the EU’s Country Strategy Paper for Viet Nam, kindly visit the
Delegation’s website (http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/vietnam/index_en.htm).


1.2 OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME AND PRIORITY ISSUES
The global objective of this Call for Proposals is to contribute to the development and consolidation of
democracy and the rule of law, and respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms, within the
framework of the European Union’s policy on development cooperation, and economic, financial and
technical cooperation with third countries, and consistent with the European Union’s foreign policy as a
whole.
The specific objective of this Call for Proposals is to help civil society in Viet Nam to become an effective
force for political reform and defence of human rights.
Priorities for this Call for Proposals:
i. Pursuit of common agendas for human rights and democratic reform
Areas of activities which are suitable for Viet Nam:
-activities to promote women’s and children’s rights, the rights of persons with disabilities and other
vulnerable groups;
-activities to protect the rights of ethnic minorities;
-activities advocating the abolition of the death penalty, the prevention of torture and ill-treatment.
ii. Building towards consensus on disputed or controversial areas of policy
Areas of activities which are suitable for Viet Nam:
-activities to share experience and analyse common problems concerning the relationship between religion
and the state.
iii. Enhancing political representation and participation
Areas of activities which are suitable for Viet Nam:

-enhancing political representation and participation, including the empowerment of women, workers and
other underrepresented groups, and responsiveness and accountability, by means of initiatives by civil
society in dialogue with “political society” (e.g. with the National Assembly of Viet Nam).
iv. Initiatives to enhance the inclusiveness and pluralism of civil society
Areas of activities which are suitable for Viet Nam:
-supporting activities and capacity-building of new or fragile civil society organisations formed by groups
whose interests are under-represented, or otherwise contributing to the empowerment of such groups (e.g.
ethnic minority groups, workers including migrant workers, people with disabilities, rural groups, internally
displaced persons, etc), and initiatives to promote independent and responsible media.
v. Activities aimed at promoting the issues covered by EU guidelines on human rights at local level
(human rights dialogue; abolition of the death penalty)
Areas of activities which are suitable for Viet Nam:
-advocating the abolition of the death penalty.
Special attention should be paid by applicants to formulating project interventions which will create
partnerships and/or networking arrangements with local organisations and enhance local participation in the
area of human rights. The new mechanism of sub-granting (see section 2.1.3 below) is one way of doing so,
in addition to formal partnerships and working with associates (see section 2.1.2 below). Whatever the
modalities selected, the focus shall be on local civil society organisations and on strengthening and
supporting these organisations.

 

 

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